Some kids are born natural leaders, and others are more comfortable following along with the crowd. But whether your students prefer to take charge or listen to instructions—and whether or not they already think they know which category they fall into—it’s still a good idea to encourage each child in your class to work on his or her leadership skills. After all, every student can benefit from developing some of the most common traits that leaders share—such as the ability to listen, to make decisions, and to express their beliefs even when their ideas go against the grain.
In these all new journal prompts on leadership, your students will examine what makes someone a leader and how leaders take charge and influence the people around them. They’ll reflect on instances in their own lives when they’ve responded to leadership, write about the leaders they admire most, and explore the value of communication and idea exchange between leaders and their followers. As your students write about leadership and begin to better understand the qualities and practices that make someone an effective leader, they’ll feel more equipped to take charge in their own lives and to express themselves when they have something they want to share.
Leadership Writing Prompt Ideas for Kids
Use these leadership journal prompts to help your students become better leaders—and to get your class thinking about the roles that leaders play in shaping our world!
- What is leadership? Define what the word means to you and give an example.
- What qualities make someone a good leader? Why?
- Do you consider yourself to be a leader or a follower? Why?
- Write about a historical figure who was a great leader. What made him or her so influential?
- Write about someone in your life who is a great leader. How does he or she inspire you?
- Many great leaders are determined and committed to their causes. Write about something that you feel passionately about—and then explain how you could lead others to also care about your cause.
- Do you think that leaders are born with the ability to lead, or do you think they develop their leadership skills? Why?
- Why is it important for leaders to be good listeners?
- Write about a time when you responded to leadership in your life. What made you decide to listen to the leader you encountered?
- Think of a leader you admire, and list three of the qualities that make him or her a good leader. Which quality do you share with him or her? Which quality could you improve upon?
- What are some of the challenges that leaders face?
- How does positivity play a role in leadership? Think of some leaders you admire and write about times when they have responded with positivity in tough situations.
- Does a good leader take risks, or does a good leader play it safe in order to protect his or her team? Why?
- Is leadership important to you? Why or why not?
- Write about a time when you had to make a tough decision. How did you decide what to do?
- What does it mean to be a good leader?
- Can a leader influence people to do something bad—or do leaders only use their influence for good? Why or why not?
- Can leaders ever follow other people—or do they always need to lead? Why or why not?
- Write about a time when someone else looked to you to be a leader. What did you do? How did you respond?
- How can you improve your own leadership skills?
- One of the best things a good leader can do is to keep going even after making a mistake. When you make a mistake, how do you respond? Is there anything you could do to improve your response?
- What do you think is the hardest part about being a good leader?
- Is it more important to fit in with the crowd or to show your individuality? Why?
- Great leaders must also be great communicators. Write about someone you know who has the ability to make other people listen to what he or she has to say.
- Think about someone you know who is a good leader. What can you learn from him or her about leadership?
- Write about a time when you had the opportunity to lead someone else. What were you working on? How did you get the other person (or people) to listen to you?
- When do you feel most self-confident? Why? How can your self-confidence help you lead others?
- Though leaders set great examples and work hard to inspire others, they do rely on their teams to succeed. Write about a time when you worked together on a team to achieve something great.
- Think of a leader whom you admire, and write a letter of gratitude for the influence he or she has had on your life.
- What does a good leader do when he or she makes a mistake? How can you learn from the leader’s example?
Until next time, write on…